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Billings Field Office
Release Date: 03/15/10
Contacts: Contact: Heather O’Hanlon 406-896-2836    

BLM to Conduct Prescribed Fires This Spring

The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to conduct three hazardous fuels removal projects this spring. The locations of the projects include; Pompey’s Pillar, Sundance Lodge Recreation Area and the area between Horsethief Road and Golf Course Road, approximately six miles west of Roundup. The latter project is called "E-R."

The 50-acre Pompey’s Pillar project and 50-acre Sundance Projects were identified due to the build-up of decadent herbaceous material, the need to control invasive species, and habitat improvement.

The Pillar and Sundance efforts include broadcast burning and should take only one day each as weather permits.

The 700-acre E-R Project was identified as a location with excess hazardous fuels. The goal of this project is to mitigate the impacts of a catastrophic wildfire on the community of Roundup. The location and geography of this project is ideal for a fuel break that will decrease wildfire intensity.

The E-R Project is expected to take at least two days. All project efforts are pending ideal weather conditions.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012